FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Severine Eraud of France won the junior time trial at the road cycling world championships on Monday, to add to her European and national titles.
Eraud was 2.69 seconds quicker than Australian Alexandria Nicholls over the 10.11-mile course, finishing in 22 minutes, 42.63 seconds. Another Australian, Alexandra Manly, was third, 8.17 seconds slower than Eraud.
Nicholls had been first on the course and held the lead for most of the day, as Eraud was the last starter. The 18-year-old Eraud powered through the second half of the course after being 13.5 seconds behind Nicholls at the intermediate check.
"I knew I was only fourth fastest and so didn't think I could win and was aiming for the podium," Eraud said. "That made victory amazing and unexpected." Damien Howson of Australia dominated the men's under-23 event and was nearly a minute faster than his closest rival.
Howson rode the 27-mile course in 49:49.97, finishing 57 seconds ahead of Yoann Paillot of France, and 1:10 faster than Olympic omnium champion Lasse Norman Hansen of Denmark. Lawson Craddock of the United States led early despite a mid-race crash, but eventually finished fifth.